U.S. calls for free, credible re-run elections on Saturday

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has called on all stakeholders to ensure free, credible and peaceful exercise in Nigeria, as the supplementary polls hold in some states on Saturday.

The embassy gave the charge in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had rescheduled the supplementary elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States, for March 23, after it declared the exercises inconclusive.

A policeman at a polling unit in Oniru. Armed officers were present at polling units and roads during the election (Pulse)
A policeman at a polling unit in Oniru. Armed officers were present at polling units and roads during the election (Pulse)

The embassy said We encourage all stakeholders, including INEC, political parties, and the security services, to continue to improve the electoral process for future elections.

We look to Nigeria as an important leader on the African continent.

As a democratic partner of Nigeria, the U.S. remains committed to working together to achieve our mutual goals of peace and prosperity for the citizens of both our countries.

The embassy congratulated Nigerians over their commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.

According to the mission, the US supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.

As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections. We do not have a preferred party or candidate, it stated.

It however, expressed concern over the low voter turnout as well as what it described as credible reports of voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence in some locations.

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